Their enthusiasm and intellect is inspiring and it is exciting to consider the positive impact they can have on shaping cities and communities as they progress through their careers.
Consultant Ryan MacIndoe also received a commendation for Outstanding Student Project. His “thoughtful thesis” entitled ‘Indigenous representation in the built environment’ makes a valuable contribution to understanding how to include indigeneity in the planning process and open up possibilities for social cohesion.
John Wynne, National Planning Director at Urbis, added: “We’re incredibly proud of Dean and Ryan’s achievements – they are two fantastic young planners with extremely bright futures ahead of them. Their enthusiasm and intellect is inspiring and it is exciting to consider the positive impact they can have on shaping cities and communities as they progress through their careers.”
Two Urbis projects were also recognised at the awards ceremony. Sydney’s Quay Quarter won Best Planning Idea – Large Project Award and Penrith Late Night Economy received the Public Engagement and Community Planning Commendation.
The PIA Awards for Planning Excellence Program recognises innovation, leadership and excellence in the planning profession. State winners are automatically entered in the Institute’s Annual National Awards for Excellence, which will be held in 2017.